The Nord Stream II pipeline project received the required permit from Germany for the construction and operation in German territorial waters and the landfall area in Lubmin, near Greifswald, the project’s operator Nord Stream 2 AG announced on Wednesday.
The Stralsund Mining Authority issued the official approval for the approximately 55-kilometer-long section of the pipeline in accordance with the Energy Industry Act, according to the company’s statement.
“This permit is an important milestone in the complex permitting process for the project as a whole,” the Permitting Manager of the company in Germany, Jens Lange said.
The company noted that the national permitting procedures in Russia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark are also proceeding as planned, with expectations that the permits will be granted in time for the scheduled start of construction in 2018.
The Nord Stream II, which will carry annually 55 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Germany through the Baltic Sea, is co-financed by five European companies, E.ON, Wintershall, Shell, OMV and Engie.
By Firdevs Yuksel